What does a Physiotherapist do?
Physiotherapists are trained medical practitioners, and have an in-depth knowledge of the body and how it works. This allows them to assess a patient’s condition, diagnose, and propose the best treatment plan needed for optimal recovery and health.
Aside from addressing the rehabilitation needs of a patient, a Physiotherapist can also be involved in guiding a patient through preventative measures to avoid injury, as well as offer techniques that will optimize the movement and function of their body. A thorough examination is done to assess the patient’s condition, followed by a proposed treatment plan.
This branch of health care is very hands-on, and works through a variety of techniques based in massage and mechanical manipulation. The goal is to restore or preserve the body’s strength, mobility, and flexibility. Because of this, a Physiotherapist develops close relationships with their patients, helping them through therapy that can take anything between a few weeks to a few years to complete.